If you go around internet forums you'll find the term "British Stoppage" thrown about a fair bit to describe a very poor referee stoppage in Britain. Often these happen when the "opponent" is taking a few shots on the ropes, or appears to go wobbly legged. Although there are some really poor ones, such as the stoppage of Enzo Maccarinelli (v Ovill McKenzie) by Ian John Lewis, I tend not to subscribe to the wide spread view that there is a lot of them.

Sadly however last weekend showed that there is such a thing as a British stoppage as veteran referee Terry O'Connor made a complete hash up of things as Chris Eubank Jr (9-0, 4) stopped Latvian banger Olegs Fedotovs (15-10, 11). The referee first stepped between the two fighters early in the second round (around 28 seconds in to the video below) distracting Fedotovs who took a hard shot just seconds later.

If his first balls up had finished the fight then we'd have complained loudly, sadly however O'Connor failed to control the action in the following minute or so before finally waving the bout off with Fedotovs looking completely fine. Whilst, as you can see in the video, Eubank was getting the better of things with his superior speed he was being tagged back by Fedotovs who was doing a solid job of defending himself.

The decision to stop the fight didn't seem to please either fighter with Eubank clearly shrugging his shoulders at the stoppage whilst Fedotovs appeared to be making it very clear that he was in no harm. In fact Fedotovs wanted little to do with the referee following the stoppage and was very reluctant to even look at O'Connor as the official announcement was made. In fact Fedotovs made it very obvious that he wasn't going to hold O'Connor's hand until the referee forcibly grabbed his wrist in an aggressive manner that further rubbed salt in to the wounds of a fighter who had genuinely be

When you look at who Fedotovs has been in with, including the likes of former title contenders Henry Weber, Andy Lee and Khoren Gevor as well as current WBA interim Super Middleweight world champion Stanyslav Kashtanov. We know he's a tough guy and only Gevor from that list of fighters has managed to stop him. Sadly this victory, on paper will make Eubank seem like he's on that level when really it was a number of botched calls by 59 year old O'Connor who simply failed to do his job.

I'm happy to call a spade a spade and from this showing O'Connor looked completely clueless and the stoppage was a disgrace. Hopefully Fedotovs got a rightful apology and won't be refusing to fight in Britain, though stoppages like this really make me wonder why any fighter fights in our great country.

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If a judge scores 1 bad card in a night we're often unhappy but when a judge scores 2 bad cards in the same we, here at www.weirdboxing.info need to make an example and include that judge into our "Officially Inept" hall of shame. What makes Juergen Langos stand out even more is that he actually filled in poor cards in consecutive bouts! AND worse yet seems to be friends with one of the fighters he favoured!

Firstly Langos scored the WBC Mediterranean middleweight title bout between Goekalp Oezekler and Mouez Fhima. In that bout he felt Oezekler won by a score of 115-114 and helped Oezekler to a very controversial split decision victory despite many neutral observers feeling that Fhima clearly dominated the bout. We at Werid Boxing had score cards of 118-110, 119-109 and 120-108 and Europsport commentators Glen Catley and Steve Holdsworth also felt that Fhima had clearly won the bout.

How Langos managed to score the bout 115-114 is a real mystery to us as he must have had 6 rounds to Oezekler, 5 rounds to Fhima and 1 round evens. No way did Oezekler manage to win more than 3 rounds.

Langos then followed that sham card up with his card in the European Cruiserweight title bout between Alexander Alekseev and veteran Firat Arslan which he scored 116-113 to Alekseev. Whilst this bout much closer than the Oezekler v Fhima bout it was again one that we were struggling to see Alexseev as the winner in.

If truth be told we had Arslan winning a majority decision on our cards with scores of 115-114, 115-113 and 114-114 due to his better work rate in the early rounds. Whilst Alekseev did dominate some of the later rounds he had simply lost too many rounds to make up the difference.

Rather embarrassingly Juergen Langos is Facebook friends with Alexander Alekseev in what is actually a shocking turn of events though an explanation of sorts as to how he managed to have the score card he had. We were disgusted at finding this out and actually feel it brings to light a major issue of boxers and judges being friends and the impartiality of the judging. Even more damning is the fact that Goekalp Oezekler's trainer Otkay Urkal is also "friends" with Juergen Langos. Did Langos do favours for 2 of his friends with the ridiculous score cards he produced or was it a coincidence?

Whilst we can appreciate a judge scoring a close bout either way the simple fact of the matter is that the Oezekler v Fhima bout wasn't close and the Arslan v Alekseev bout was simply scored wrong (and the damning light of the Facebook friendship). So Mr Juergen Langos, you are, “Officially Inept”.

Evidence of Mr Langos' friendship with Mr Alekseev can be seen here.